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Kentucky Theatre Exhibit to Celebrate International Cultures of Fayette High School Students

By Ralph Derickson


Students from an Islamic private school for girls in Iran relax after
having their class photo taken.

The exhibition celebrates the variety of cultures that make up Henry Clay High School’s student body. It includes photographs of students in their native countries as well as a PowerPoint presentation of these students working and interacting with their mentors from the UK College of Education.

 

Jan. 27, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Graduate students from the master’s with initial certification (MIC) program in the UK College of Education and international students from Henry Clay High School are cosponsoring an exhibit titled “The International Flavor of Henry Clay” opening at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Kentucky Theatre.

The exhibition celebrates the variety of cultures that make up Henry Clay High School’s student body. It includes photographs of students in their native countries as well as a PowerPoint presentation of these students working and interacting with their mentors from the UK College of Education.

One fascinating aspect of the presentation, said Elinor Brown, exhibition organizer and professor in the College of Education MIC program, is the depiction of school life in other countries. In one photograph, Iranian middle school students are shown dressed in the traditional burka while tennis shoes show up beneath the hem of their garments. Parisa Amoozegar, a Henry Clay High School student who has been living in Lexington for the past year, provided the photo. Amanda Hunt, an MIC student and future high school math teacher, was Parisa’s mentor last fall.

“Participation in this class was a great learning experience for me,” Hunt said. “I realized that, to teach students effectively, I needed to understand that a student body is composed of a wide variety of cultures.”

Hunt observed Parisa as she attended classes, got to know her family, and gained insights into the structured educational system Amoozegar attended in her home country of Iran.

In addition to the photos from Iran, the exhibit also will include photographs of Bosnia, the Republic of the Congo, Ghana, India, Pakistan, and Mexico. In addition, the university students will share photographs from their particular Kentucky heritage (some dating as far back as the 1920s). On opening night, in addition to the photographic displays, students will prepare samples of their country’s traditional desserts.

UK’s MIC program is an intensive one-year graduate program that leads to both a master's degree and initial teacher certification in Kentucky.


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